Famed for its fantastical coastal vistas, crystal clear waters and opulent magnificence, the Amalfi coast is regularly hailed as one of Europe’s ultimate travel destinations. The coast’s eponymous town bursts with shady squares, authentic Italian restaurants and quaint charm, making it a perfect base from which to enjoy the lavish luxury and rich historical heritage of the surrounding areas. Natural landmarks and architectural marvels aren’t rife but remarkable, and the alluring atmosphere of the town is guaranteed to seduce and satisfy travellers craving Italian authenticity.
A catastrophic earthquake in the ancient year of 1343 caused most of Amalfi’s prominent and picturesque buildings to crumble and career into the sea. This inauspicious occurrence has therefore left the city with but a few historical heritage sights, which include the Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea, an architectural amalgamation which features booming bell towers, brash bronze doors and magnificent mosaics. Natural beauty comes in the shape of Grotta dello Smeraldo, a gorgeous grotto that emits an ethereal emerald glow from the surrounding water. Soaring stalactites and stalagmites decorate the deep and cavernous interior and an air of magical mystery permeates the sight.
Paying homage to the town’s illustrious industrial past is the 13th century Paper Mill, home to the small yet stimulating Paper Museum, which exhibits original paper presses and paper production methods. In the guided tour, visitors will discover the history of paper making and have an opportunity to purchase original stationary sets.
Serving delectable Italian dishes for almost 150 years, it’s safe to say the delicious Da Gemma has perfected the art of combining contemporary and classic cuisines. Boasting an enviable location in the heart of Amalfi, the Michelin accredited restaurant serves fabulous Italian fare amongst floral terraces and an alluring ambience.(via Frà Gerardo Sasso 9 84011, Amalfi)